Dec 6 2011 By Yann Tear
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MARTIN Jol concedes his team still need to be more ruthless in front of goal if they are to gain reward for their enterprising play on home soil.
Clint Dempsey's late winner against Liverpool on Monday night brought Fulham only their second win at the Cottage in the league - but that is still only six goals in six games either side of the freakish 6-0 win against QPR.
“We've had some good games – especially against Spurs second half when they had two goals out of three attempts and we had 28 attempts and it needed an own goal.
"I can also remember games against Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers where we played well but didn't score enough goals.
“If you don't score goals at the right moments, the opposition will punish you, but we can't make excuses. We have to be better and score more goals.
“We've had a lot of clean sheets and good results away from home, but at home we've dropped points and to do that against Liverpool would have been awful, because we needed the points.
Jol added: “Today we had an early chance that didn't go in and you feel it's going to be the same, but it wasn't, which is good. Defensively, we were well organised and I think we've got the players to score goals. It was a much needed win.”
The game turned in Fulham's favour with the 72nd minute sending off of Liverpool's Jay Spearing and Jol says the red card was justified.
“I saw the tackle from three angles and it was a bad tackle. It could have broken his ankle,” he said, referring to Moussa Dembele, who was involved in the key incident.
“But I think the sending off helped us. It gave us a little bit more space.”